It is the agreed policy of the House of Bishops that newly ordained ministers should serve at least three years in a training post before taking on a post of incumbent status.
You will find our policy and guidance for dioceses below:
Appointment of curates
Formation and assessment in curacy
After their first phase of training, ordinands need a ‘title post’ to which they will be ordained and in which they will continue their training as a curate.
For ordinands who have been ‘released’ by their sponsoring diocese and are seeking a title post in a different diocese, this page acts a noticeboard of vacant positions. Click on the headings below for more information. Please use the contact details provided with each advert for more information on the post and how to apply. This list has the most recent notices at the top.
Guidance and support for candidates during this process is the responsibility of the ordinand’s TEI and sponsoring diocese, with the TEI normally taking the lead role when candidates are considering a title post in a different diocese, so please raise any questions or concerns with your TEI.
An exciting opportunity has arisen for a curate to serve at Rotherham Minster and St Paul's, Masbrough. You would be joining at the beginning of an exciting new chapter in our ministry in the town where we are benefiting from increased resourcing for the fulfilling of a new vision, under God, to become a resource church to the borough.
Rotherham Minster is uniquely placed at the heart of Rotherham to play an important part in the recovery and development of the town at this critical time, and to have a significant Kingdom impact in the town centre and surrounding area.
Thanks to a successful bid to the Strategic Development Fund (SDF), we are now able to bring in significant additional resources, increasing our capacity to realise the many mission opportunities around us and to become a resourcing church to the wider deanery.
The strategy involves two distinct but coordinated approaches to missional engagement and growth which will build on the existing worshipping and civic life of the church. We have a vision both to develop the Minster as a centre of musical excellence, and to continue the development of TimeBuilders in the town.
Music specialists on the staff, funded by the SDF, will be tasked with visiting local schools to form and train choirs, with each term’s work culminating in a concert performance in the Minster. This benefits hard-pressed schools struggling financially to maintain any investment in music-making and grows the profile and reputation of the Minster in the local community.
A focus on local primary schools will enable us to develop a non-auditioned junior choir, meeting weekly in term-time to practice, which could in turn contribute to worship at major festivals, especially in all age services, as well as participate in an ongoing programme of concerts. This musical engagement with schools will also give opportunity for the Minster to recruit boy and girl choristers for the treble line of their own auditioned choir, to lead worship regularly.
As well as affirming musical gifts in children and providing them with the opportunity to exercise those gifts in a quality choir, this approach will also encourage parents and families to engage with the Minster’s ministry as they support their children.
TimeBuilders is an innovative time banking initiative. It has the potential to transform the lives of disadvantaged people, by creating a parallel “economy” of Time Credits to incentivise purposeful work which tackles loneliness, mental illness and boredom. These can be exchanged for rewards provided by local businesses who donate spare capacity e.g. seats at football games or cinema tickets.
We focus on 3 sources of assets: People, surplus capacity in leisure organisations and waste food. TimeBuilders has a transformative impact on people’s well-being. We ask people what they can contribute – how they can help us. Many people have never been asked this question before. But it changes everything. It gives each person the opportunity to develop social networks and to do worthwhile and valued activity. It enables people to help themselves: to be part of the solution to their problems. We are already seeing this work develop in Rotherham though at a very early stage.
These initiatives will enable us to be a blessing to the people of Rotherham. Through utilising the historical significance of our buildings and ensuring our faith and values remain central we will see people's lives transformed.
For an informal conversation to explore this opportunity further please contact:
DDO: Rev Stephen Hunter – 07739 949473 [email protected]
Vicar: Rev Phil Batchford – 07722 984837/01709 325781 [email protected]
The Parish of Great Aycliffe currently encompasses the area of Newton Aycliffe, Aycliffe Village, Brafferton, Aycliffe Industrial Estate, parts of School Aycliffe, Coatham Mundeville and Preston-le-Skerne.
St Andrew’s Parish Church in Aycliffe Village who worship in a middle of the road churchmanship style.
St Clare's Parish Church in Newton Aycliffe town centre who worship as above with some more catholic practices; at the same time on the second Sunday they use a screen and worship less formally with a hint of contemporary worship songs in a “family” service.
St Elizabeth's licensed worship centre in Woodham (Newton Aycliffe) Middle of the road churchmanship.
St Francis Chapel within a school in Horndale (Newton Aycliffe). Celebrates the Eucharist each Wednesday with a form of the Eucharist in Iona style in their tiny chapel.
We see the role of training as equipping someone to be ready to take up the role for which they have been called; the discernment of that calling being a part of it all. Whether it is a role of responsibility, or to be part of a team, we need to know that the curate in training is equipped, competent, capable and minsters out of a depth of spirituality and understanding that will sustain him/her to be a minister of the Church of England.
We look forward to guiding a person and observing them grow and develop into the priest God called them to be. No one knows what that will look like in the beginning! It is a work of the Holy Spirit.
For more information contact the DDO, Revd Dr Alastair Prince at [email protected].
We believe the Holy Spirit calls us to be a Christ centred community of mission that transforms the lives of people through discipleship, worship, prayer and service.
As curate you would be based primarily in St James Church Carlisle, but with opportunities to work across the wider mission community.
St James is an evangelical church with links to both Keswick Ministries and New Wine. Our strap line is: Loving Jesus, Serving The Community and Growing Disciples.
One of the unique things about St James is that we run a community coffee bar, Christian resource centre, and charity shop called Cornerstone, which is situated on the main street of the parish.
Open six days a week and run mainly by volunteers, Cornerstone
is used by a wide variety of community groups and organisations, as well as providing a hub for Christian out reach.
To find out more, contact the DDO, Rev Canon Peter Clement at [email protected]
Christ Church is an evangelical parish church which seeks to:
- become more like Christ Jesus
- share his love with the community around us, and
- help all discover Jesus for themselves.
CCP has a long evangelical history and is probably now best described as Open Evangelical. The patrons are Simeon’s Trustees.
Saint John’s is a traditional, middle-of-the-road, parish church, under the patronage of the Bishop.
In 2013, the Portsdown Cluster was created. The three parishes of Portsdown, Crookhorn and Purbrook have committed to working together whenever appropriate. As a mark of this, the incumbents of each parish were co-licensed as Curates in the other two parishes. The three parishes provide a wide range of worship from Charismatic Evangelical to Central Anglican. The cluster will provide good opportunities for anyone joining the ministry team.
This is an exciting time in the development of the Portsdown Cluster as the churches seek to work closer together to further the Kingdom of God in the area. The mix of worship styles, coupled with the opportunity to be part of further expressions of church will provide an excellent training opportunity, supported by an experienced training minister.
For more information contact Revd Andy Wilson at [email protected]
Holy Trinity is a church family of all ages, from a variety of backgrounds with one key thing in common – we trust and follow Jesus. And, we’d love other people to know Him too. We are Evangelical and Anglican – though the congregation is made up of people from both Anglican and Free Church backgrounds.
We renewed our vision in 2017, with the emphasis that God is our Vision – it is him that we look to and desire. It is his love, ultimately shown at the Cross of Christ that is our heartbeat and motivation.
Flowing from this, we confirmed 3 key aims:
- Growing in Maturity - we want everyone at Trinity to grow in knowing God and living for him.
- Serving in Ministry - as a diverse people, we are given different gifts by God to serve one another and those around us. We want everyone to be serving appropriately in God's ministry.
- Being on Mission - as people forgiven by God and brought into his family, we want the world to know him too. So our aim is to share the Gospel and Grace of Jesus Christ with people in Hinckley and across the world.
We consider these three things to be given by God and essential:
- The Bible - God's Living Word, as the basis of our faith and knowledge of God and all he calls us to be and do.
- Prayer - Talking to God, to express the relationship he has brought us into, and our dependence on him for all that we are and do.
- Fellowship - God calls us to be a Church, a people following Jesus together - we need each other.
AIMS OF THE CURACY
The aim is to prepare someone to be an incumbent themselves. In this, the following are key:
- To assist the Curate to grow in their faith, and patterns of prayer and study that sustain and refresh them
- To train them to apply Theology to life, and pastoral situations
- To learn to lead services and preach to a mixed congregation
- To train them in baptism, wedding and funeral ministries
- To grow in leadership, by taking responsibility for an area of ministry
- To help them to discern the situation of our ministry and mission, and to wisely and graciously plan and lead the church family forward, learning ourselves from their insight
- To give them an understanding of the complexities and practicalities of running a church
For more information – do visit our website, or contact the Rector, Revd Simon Wearn ([email protected] / 01455 697738).
Holy Trinity (HT) Hounslow is a vibrant, multicultural and growing church in the heart of West London and in the centre of the Kensington Area. Our vision as a London Resource Church is to make followers of Jesus Christ from all nationalities, develop leaders and plant new churches and congregations.
We have recently been asked by the Bishop of Kensington to become a London Resource Church in order to plant a new congregation outside of our building in the next two years. We are therefore looking for a planting curate i.e. a curate who will come and spend up to 3 years with us and then plant locally during that time into a different church building. The plan is to enable the beginnings of a potential multi-site model for HT. This means that the new plant will be part of the HT family, under the leadership of HT but with autonomy to develop and grow the new church and worshipping communities that emerge. With this in mind we are looking for the following person:
- An curate who has evangelistic as well as pastoral gifts with the energy and ability to gather, start and grow new worshipping communities
- Skill in releasing children’s and youth ministry to enable a new and sustainable family service to form
- An appreciation and gift for reaching young adults and able to use social media as a tool for growing the church.
- An appreciation, passion and experience in crosscultural mission.
- Teachable, a team player and able to come under the leadership of HT Hounslow
- Committed to the vision and values of HT – (Specifically – Worship, Fellowship, Prayer, Gospel and discipleship, and celebrating our diversity see website for more details)
- Willing to participate in the broader life of the church and serve with the team in the areas identified by the leadership.
- Has a heart for the poor and marginalised and willing to come alongside those in need to support them spiritually and practically
- Willing to work hard and have fun!
Find out more about HTH at
Please contact Revd Martin Breadmore, Kensington Area Director of Ministry for further details: or 07850 649255
St Paul’s church offers an active, Christian presence and inclusive welcome at the heart of the diverse, county town of Bedford. The church is open seven days a week and offers a cathedral style experience, by holding a holy space for visitors and pilgrims to drop-in, light candles, come to a free recital or attend a midweek service.
St Paul’s is founded on a well established sacramental spirituality and appreciates good preaching and teaching. The church enjoys a high quality of liturgy and worship in the Affirming- Catholic tradition: vestments and incense are used, and the church is blessed with an outstanding mixed choir of cathedral standard. The Vicar and PCC are committed to an inclusive ethos of welcome to all, irrespective of age, gender, ethnicity, disability, sexual orientation. The PCC have recently affirmed the Five Guiding Principles and we are looking to welcome a curate of either gender.
Opportunities for a curate
This parish provides a wonderful and exciting opportunity for a new curate to experience the variety and breadth of town centre and civic ministry: building bridges with the business and retail community, pastoral care of the deprived, homeless and rootless as well as the ‘great and the good’, the elderly and housebound; supported by a rich sacramental tradition. There is also opportunity for a pastoral, teaching ministry, especially within our learning and training programme.
While St Paul’s is a demanding parish, it is a stimulating and rewarding place in which to minister. The clergy also enjoy support from a highly dedicated core of lay people at St Paul’s. In short, there is a lot going on and much for a curate to get his or her teeth into. The church has also recently welcomed a curate from a different tradition to our own, and he has thrived. The Vicar, Kevin Goss, is an experienced Training Incumbent, committed to mutual growth and the formation of deacons and priests through theological reflection, support, encouragement, and collaborative ministry in worship and mission.
We are committed to the MAP process and to the LYCIG (Leading your Church into Growth) evangelism initiative. We are part of a town Cluster of four Anglican churches with whom we share worship and collaborate in on-the-street outreach projects, confirmation preparation etc. The parishes share their resources and, in particular, extend training opportunities to our respective curates.
Our threefold ministry
- St Paul’s is the Civic Church of the Borough of Bedford and County Church of Bedfordshire, hosting services for the Lord-Lieutenant, the High Sheriff’s annual Justice Service, the Elected Mayor and Borough, and other diocesan, regional and county events and services.
- We care for the largely gathered congregation who live mostly outside the parish. We have, however, a track record of welcome to younger people and families, thanks mainly to the All Age Eucharist, and this section of the congregation is growing.
- We also exercise a pastoral role to the parish, to the schools, hospital and care homes, the sick and housebound, and through the occasional offices.
The town centre parish of St Paul’s spans both sides of the beautiful River Great Ouse, encompassing the central business, shopping and retail area. There is a diversity of housing, ranging from large Edwardian villas, terraced houses and tower blocks to new build flats. In the past decade there has been considerable housing growth within the parish. The population is ethnically diverse; while there are two independent schools in the parish, there is only one state school with a very high population of Bangladeshi children. St Paul’s parish is regarded as the second most deprived within the Diocese of St Albans (Church Urban Fund statistics). The church has a special ministry to the rootless and homeless who are supported by our full-time Pastoral Assistant and Centre Manager. There are excellent rail connections to London (38 mins) and the Midlands (Thameslink and East Midlands express services) and good access to the M1 and A1.
For more information, contact the Diocesan Director of Ordinands, the Reverend Dr Quentin Chandler, [email protected]
St Leonard’s, Beoley, has a traditional, picturesque building (less so, vicar), and has a considerable ministry in the occasional offices of weddings, funerals and baptisms. There is a strong sense of community: both within the church and in engagement with the local area.
St Stephen’s is more of a ‘civic’ church in the town, served by a relatively small but committed congregation. It is open through the week, and receives many visitors; it also hosts The Word Christian Bookshop. The church has an important symbolic presence in the town of Redditch.
St Philip’s, Webheath, is a modern church which is increasingly oriented towards being open to and serving the local community. Monthly Open Church Mornings are now held and weekly children’s groups offer a particular ministry to young families.
St Bartholomew’s, Tardebigge, is a village church, again picturesque, which has experienced a growth in baptisms recently, and has a particularly strong relationship with its neighbouring first school.
We are very much aware of the need to develop and explore new forms of being church in order to serve and attract people. It is fair to say that this is a work in process and we have a way to go still. Key areas include:
- Build Parish/team identity; more involvement together.
- Better sharing of information sharing resources and streamlining.
- Regular joint services (5th Sundays); annual parish service on Trinity Sunday.
- Joint social events.
- Exchange of lay worship leaders/teams.
- Evangelistic outreach to adults.
- Prioritise what we can do realistically.
- Open access to churches.
- Outreach to children.
- We acknowledged again St Stephen's as the central or "hub" church building.
We are using these as a starting point for the current discussions, and hope and pray that God will lead us into a clear vision of where He wants us to go next.
For further information contact [email protected]
This is a training post for a deacon who expects to be ordained priest. The right candidate will in time have substantial responsibility for the further development of the Brickworks Church plant.
Across the parish we place a high priority in teaching the Bible well (faithfully and engagingly), because we believe that when the word of God is taught the voice of God will be heard. We are open to the diversity of gifts that God gives to build up the church. There is usually opportunity to receive prayer after most services and occasional communion services with prayers for healing included.
The churches have a strong evangelical heritage and want to see people be born again and enter the Kingdom of God. We aim serve our communities with love and integrity, and to bless them, praying for the
extension of God’s kingdom.
For more information contact the Diocesan Director of Ordinands and Vocation, Revd Dr John Fitzmaurice at [email protected]
The Cornerstone Team is comprised of three churches. St Luke’s Church, Thurnby, is a busy parish church, with three weekly services attended by around 200 people.The worship style is varied, with an emphasis on the contemporary and informal, and services incorporate thriving groups for youth and children, and major on biblical preaching.
St Catharine’s Church, in the neighbouring village of Houghton on the Hill, is a growing family church with around 60-70 people attending on a Sunday. Significant growth has taken place in recent years.
St Mary and All Saints, Stoughton, is in a small nearby village, with two services a month, and an average attendance of around 15 people.
There is a strong emphasis on ministry among families, children and young people across the team. We attach a high importance to evangelism, outreach and discipleship: Christianity Explored, Life Explored, and Alpha have been run in all three villages, and many people within the churches belong to home groups.
In 2018 we have entered a new and exciting phase of our church life. We have been designated one of the Diocese of Leicester’s first Resourcing Churches, which seeks to meet the diocesan strategy of seeking growth in the number of disciples, the depth of our discipleship, and in our capacity to serve our communities.
This strategy is very much in our DNA as a team. We are at present discerning under God how best to use our resources, including the appointment of new staff, to enable us to reach out effectively both within and beyond our parishes. We have a particular focus on church planting, grafting and starting new congregations and fresh expressions.
If you would like to find out more about this post, please contact Revd Rob Miles: [email protected]
We aim to Celebrate Life Together, by sharing in Friendship, Faith and Fun and a community that celebrates God’s goodness and faithfulness in our lives - one where everyday moments matter and where, big or small, those moments are celebrated. Working together, laughing together, crying together and celebrating differences we strive to be a church that worships God, serves the wider community and makes a difference in the world. We are committed to do all we can to make the church ‘the hospitable heart’ of our communities.
Alongside the ‘apprenticeship’ element of being a Curate, we are seeking someone who can assume an essential role in mission both within our established communities and within the areas of new housing. Working alongside our Children’s and Youth Worker, the Curate will also play a key role within our work with young people and their families.
For more information contact the DDO, Revd Dr John Fitzmaurice at [email protected]
All Saints Worcester is charismatic and open evangelical, although not all in the congregation would use those terms to describe their own spirituality or theological convictions. The church is a committed member of the New Wine family of churches with approximately 90 people attending the New Wine summer gathering every year.
There are currently 230 people on the electoral roll number, although the church database would indicate that those who consider All Saints to be their home is around 350 adults. The main focus of development for the next phase in the life of the church is the transition into a “resourcing church”.
Over the last 10 years, All Saints has developed a particular focus on and commitment to social action. All Saints helped launched the Street Pastors initiative in 2010, set up the Worcester Foodbank in 2011 and in 2012 launched a Christians Against Poverty debt centre. In
addition to this, members of All Saints lead a Hope for Justice group and helped establish their “Zoe Hub” in Birmingham. All Saints was asked to be the link community organisation for the county council to help with the resettling of four Syrian families. We are the hub church for Home for Good in Worcester. All Saints describes its mission to be “a missional community that gives creative and faithful expression to the Kingdom of God in Worcester and beyond”.
The next curate will be joining the All Saints staff team at a crucial and exciting time. The curate will be a key member of the senior ministry team, working directly and collaboratively with the Vicar, Associate Vicars and staff team, sharing in the leadership, development and care of the whole church. They will be integral to the development of All Saints as a “resourcing
church” with an expectation they will either plant out or move into a parish embracing renewal in partnership with All Saints.
For more information contact the DDO, Revd Dr John Fitzmaurice at [email protected]
As the Parish Church of Virginia Water we are an international family drawn from over 25 different countries, many Christian denominations and mainly living within a 20 mile radius. We rejoice in our rich diversity but are united in knowing Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour and share a desire to help one another, from God’s Word, to discover our full potential in a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ. We are discovering that Jesus brings meaning, purpose and fulfilment as we grow to know him, to trust him and serve him together, for his glory.
Revd Dr Simon Vibert is the incumbent. Simon writes: “I am an evangelical, with a commitment to expository preaching, and passionate about evangelism. I work best in a team, and have appreciated having good colleagues around me. I love to train others, and hope that those serving with me feel that they get good feedback, practical help, support, and encouragement. Our mission, as a Church, is best encapsulated in the strap line: ‘Knowing Jesus and Making Jesus Known’”
This curacy is ideally suited to a pioneer ordinand.
We are an evangelical, low church, contemporary and communally minded church, with around 300 adults and children attending each Sunday.
Our vision is To give everyone in Virginia Water and the wider community in which we live, work, and study, the opportunity to know God as our loving Father, to be transformed into the likeness of His Son, Jesus Christ, and to discover their purpose to serve Him in the power of the Spirit.
It is our prayerful hope that, by God’s grace, we can aspire to and maintain the following distinctive values:
- We believe that Biblical teaching anointed by the Holy Spirit is the catalyst for individual and corporate transformation (Romans 12:7; 2 Timothy 3:16-17; James 1:23-25).
- We believe that lost people matter to God, and therefore, ought to matter to the church. This is the reason for our commitment to relational evangelism as well as organised evangelistic events (Luke 5:30-32; Luke 15; Matthew 18:14).
- We believe that the church should be culturally relevant while remaining doctrinally pure (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).
- We believe that Christ’s followers should demonstrate authenticity and yearn for continuous growth (Ephesians 4:25-32; Hebrews 12:1; Philippians 1:6).
- We believe that the church should operate as a unified community of servants stewarding their spiritual gifts (1 Corinthians 12 & 14; Romans 12; Ephesians 4).
- We believe that loving relationships should permeate every aspect of church life. This includes the principle of servant-hood and commitment to relationship building (1 Corinthians 13; Nehemiah 3; Luke 10:1; John 13:34-35).
- We believe that life-change happens best in small groups. This is the reason for our commitment to small groups to facilitate fellowship, teaching and ministry (Luke 6:12-13; Acts 2:44-47).
- We believe that excellence in all we do honours God and inspires people (Colossians 3:17; Malachi 1:6-14; Proverbs 27:17).
- We believe that churches should be led by those with leadership gifts. This is the reason for our commitment to shared leadership, continuous training and the evaluation of gifts and abilities (Nehemiah 1 & 2; Romans 12:8; Acts 6:2-5).
- We believe that full devotion to Christ and serving His cause is normal for every believer. This includes the concept of stewardship, servant-hood, and discipleship (1 Kings 11:4; Philippians 2:1-11; 2 Corinthians 8:7)
The Church also has a strong Mission focus, with 11 main mission partners profiled during the year, and 15% of our income given to missions.
The parish of Christ Church, Virginia Water lies in the borough of Runnymede in north-west Surrey. The village is served by a station on the London-Reading railway line, which runs close to the eastern and southern edges of the parish, with a spur branching to Chertsey and Weybridge. We are currently a single Church parish and it is our hope that we will plant a new Church in the residential area of Longcross within the next 5 years. The population of the parish is expected to grow substantially in the coming years.
There are 3 Schools, one of which is Church of England (Vicar and other members serve as Governors). Weekly opportunities for assembly etc. We run a monthly “Monday Mayhem” for Youth in Community Centre. A high quality parish magazine (with local advertising) is delivered to every home each month.
The Curate will be given every opportunity to grow their Ordained Anglican experience, through Sunday service, through occasional offices, and through exposure to the variety of parish life. We are very open to the possibility that the Curate may lead, or be an active part, of a Church plant, towards the end of their Curacy at Christ Church.
Clergy meet together for prayer, planning and Bible reading, several times per week and the entire staff meet for working lunch Mondays, and occasionally whole mornings for training and devotion. Staff include the Associate Vicar, Children’s and Families Worker (also Ordained), Student Worker, Youth Worker, SSM Curate and Hon. Retired Curate, Operations manager, Parish Administrator (P/T), Vicar’s PA (P/T), Apprentice, and a licensed lay reader. The PCC is divided into working groups for Finance, Property, Evangelism and Social Care, and Hospitality.
The Parish has budgeted for suitable accommodation for a new Curate from the Summer 2019.
Please contact the DDO, Canon William Challis, for further information: [email protected].
The Parish of The Bourne, with a population of 7,976 is a major suburb of the ancient market town of Farnham. The Bourne has two churches: St Thomas is the main Parish Church with St Martins as a daughter church. There is also a church hall that has regular Sunday services. The neighboring village of Tilford has one church (All Saints). The incumbent is the Revd John Morris.
The area is mainly urban leafy Surrey. A good number of parishioners commute into London by train, but a good number also work in the surrounding towns etc. There are a number of residential homes for the elderly and several schools and a sixth form college. Farnham has a small hospital and some of the most highly rated Primary Schools in the country. The Bourne with Tilford has two Church Schools with an Infant School that is part of South Farnham Trust and a Sixth Form College. The Bourne has its own butcher and baker and several small supermarkets and other stores.
Underlying our parish vision is a God who loves, inspires, empowers and transforms us. To make any difference to the world around us we each need to be first and foremost disciples of Christ. That’s a journey we make at different speeds, at different times of our lives, but there is always encouragement, stimulation, and challenge to be had by meeting together for worship and sharing our lives and stories. That’s what being Church is about: companions on the journey, or using St Paul’s image, the Body of Christ.
Being rooted in God, strengthened by our fellowship, we are compelled by the love of God to transform lives and communities around us, through loving service of our neighbour. This year our particular focus is on the development of Brambleton Hall, to make it a really useful community hub from which many life-transforming activities can be carried out.
The tradition of St Thomas is Liberal Catholic with a weekly Sung Eucharist with a nationally recognised choir and choral tradition. St Martins has a relaxed Eucharistic alternating with Praise service. Brambleton Halll has a very relaxed partly congregational sung Eucharist alternating with a service of praise led by a lay reader, is developing Contemporary Worship on Sunday afternoons and holds ‘Lets get messy’ Church during school holidays. All Saints Tilford is Anglican middle of the road, Sung Communion with hymns.
Various parishioners attend morning prayers on different days. There is an informal prayer group that meets on a Wednesday morning in St Martins and a house group that meets on Friday morning. Several Lent Groups from Lent 2018 have indicated that they intend to meet again for the Autumn term to further their bible studies.
A team of Pastoral Assistants (PA’s) assist in making an initial visit to Baptism Families. One PA is training to extend their ministry in funeral and bereavement care. Hospital and sick visiting is on a rota system. The PA’s regularly take communion to local nursing homes.
We are working towards developing and building a new gymnasium for the Boxing Club at our Parish Hall. This is a large project in support of an extremely successful boxing club run in our church hall. Funds have been secured and we are looking forward to seeing this project develop.
We have identified large openings in youth work with the local University and the local Sixth Form College. There are real opportunities to work with young people who have grown out of their chorister roles through their voice breaking and are now seeking an active role within the church.
The local Roman Catholic Priest has suggested that we meet to discuss combined baptism services. There are regular prayer meetings with the other local churches or various traditions and denominations. (The various Farnham clergy, ministers and pastors take it in turn to host either a breakfast or lunch time prayer meeting.)
The incumbent is keen to help you as the curate to continue to explore your gifts and talents in ministry, to mentor and encourage you to develop your gifts and ensure you experience a wide variety of situations as part of formation as a Parish Priest. You will explore all facets of ministry so that you will be equipped and experienced enough to move on to take responsibility for a parish jointly or independently.
With the generous help of a parishioner, we are actively seeking a house for a prospective Curate to live in.
Please contact the DDO, Canon William Challis, for further information: [email protected].
Located in the Eden Valley between the Lake District and the Pennines in the heart of Cumbria. This is a very rural Mission Community, incorporating a large number of villages and the Market Town of Appleby.
Mission will be a key part of your developing ministry. One of the joys of rural ministry is that, although we are always working small scale, we have the opportunity to impact whole communities. So the first task for you - and for any would-be leader in mission - is to learn the language: get to know the people, their mindset, the way they do community, the way they do family, their attitude to God and their needs, concerns and passions.
And, of course, you need to love them.
Mission Communities are about how local churches working together can better share resources, ideas, talents to further the mission of the church. For the Heart of Westmorland this means, collaborative working with a focus on enabling the ministry of all Christians.
For more information, please contact the DDO, Peter Clement.
Keswick in the Diocese of Carlisle are looking for a curate who is open to challenge and hard work; who is rooted in the faith, but open to questions; wants to see the church grow but is keen to work beyond the boundaries with the whole community.
Keswick is the heart of the northern Lakes region of the Lake District National Park. With a resident population of about 5,000, this can grow to 20,000 in peak holiday season. The town has a large retired population; but don’t let that deceive you – there are many young people and families here, but these are almost ‘hidden’ by the tourists and the retirees. The town has an excellent Church Primary School, St Herbert’s, and Secondary School, Keswick School. In the area are also three other primary schools. Due to its reputation, Keswick School draws its pupils from the whole of northern Cumbria.
Borrowdale is one of the most beautiful valleys in England. It also has a resident population of about 350 people and two small churches (Sunday worship alternates between the two).
Mission Communities are about how local churches working together can better share resources, ideas, talents to further the mission of the church. For Keswick this means sharing of good ideas and experiences of mission, supporting each other by sharing training and learning opportunities, sharing back office functions, particularly amongst the smaller parishes, so that people are freed for mission and ministry, and praying with and for each other, either through weekly Morning Prayer or through special events.
For more information, please contact the DDO, Peter Clement.
in South Shropshire offers an interesting opportunity for a new curate to engage with a rich pattern of ministry that has developed over recent years. The benefice consists of the small market town of Cleobury Mortimer and six neighbouring rural parishes, on the outer edge of commutability from the West Midlands but with very rooted rural communities.
The exceptionally experienced training incumbent, Ashley Buck, has been in post 15 years during which the life of the benefice has developed and matured, most notably in an innovative youth engagement project which is now a model for the whole diocese. Ashley brings a particular philosophical wisdom to ministerial formation which we know enables an impressive breadth of flourishing in those he trains.
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The West Norfolk Priory Group is a recently established benefice in West Norfolk comprising twelve rural parishes on the main London-Cambridge-King’s Lynn train line. With a population of around 11,000, there is considerable diversity of commuters, agricultural workers, wealthy landowners, and retirees, as well as students and young families. Working with a large team of lay workers, church wardens, and retired clergy, the incumbent (a specialist in Biblical studies, with considerable experience of rural ministry in Scotland prior to moving to the Church of England) leads collaboratively and strategically in mission in line with the Ely 2025 vision. This forward-thinking benefice will enable a curate to work creatively in a range of ministries: there are C of E, private, and state schools within its parishes, as well as care homes; there are many possibilities for conducting occasional offices; the diversity of socio-economic communities and needs goes alongside the privilege of working within a strong team; and there is opportunity for a city attachment alongside gaining significant rural ministerial experience. The benefice is an excellent place to train future ministers for rural, semi-rural, and city congregations; the church traditions are naturally varied (rural middle Church of England).
There is a curate’s house ready in Watlington, within walking distance of the mainline railway station with direct trains to Ely, Cambridge, London King’s Cross, Downham Market, and King’s Lynn.
For further information please contact the DDOV, the Revd Dr Megan Daffern: [email protected]
St George’s is an evangelical charismatic Anglican church, with links to New Wine. Strategically located in the centre of Leeds, the church has an average Sunday attendance of 475 adults, 45 children, and a further 80 adults at Lighthouse. Led by Rev Lizzy Woolf, St George’s vision is for Sharing Life, Loving Leeds by preaching Jesus, making disciples, serving the city and sending out leaders.
As the new Planting Curate you will join a dynamic and supportive team, with the opportunity to develop leadership, teaching and pastoral skills as you build a team and prepare to church plant. The expectation is that you will go on to lead this new church plant after your curacy.
More information on St George’s can be found at stgs.org.uk.
A vacancy exists for a full time stipendiary Curate beginning at Petertide 2020.
Consider training in Tideswell.
Here we offer:
- A beautiful rural location with easy access to Manchester (1hr) and Sheffield (1/2 hr) and Derby (1hr).
- A home in the heart of one of the Peak District’s largest villages, near the iconic hub church of St. John the Baptist (known as The Cathedral of the Peak).
- Ministry experience among six villages (combined population around four thousand), five churches (combined roll of ninety), and many visitors.
- Supportive colleagues, including an experienced training incumbent, a rural pioneer minister and team of Wardens.
- A welcoming community whose members work locally in agriculture, trades, caring, and home-based businesses, as well as commuting to city jobs.
- A grounding in the transferable skills of parish and pioneer ministry.
- Good or outstanding church primary schools within walking distance, and a good senior school nearby.
- A place where creative approaches to mission, ministry and worship are valued, and where the joys and challenges of the contemporary rural church are met with hope and thankfulness.
Our next Curate could be of any age or stage of life, and would be willing to offer their gifts within a team, make mistakes and continue to learn. They would be comfortable with an inclusive parish ethos and central church tradition.
The Curate’s house is a three bedroomed period home which was fully renovated in 2015.
For more information please contact the Incumbent, Rev Simon White, in the first instance: 01298 871317; [email protected]
Title post/curacy with mission focus
Training post for deacon who expects to be ordained priest, in the Parish of Walton St John’s, nr Chesterfield, in the Derby Diocese.
The context: The Parish of St John’s Walton is situated on the edge of the market town of Chesterfield,
Until the later half of last century Walton was a rural setting. A small mission church was built in 1916 and in the 1980’s the congregation had declined to the extent that it was very nearly closed. The 1980’s brought development of the area with building of private housing and the congregation began to grow. A larger hall was built in the 1990’s and worship was held in there as the church was now too small. The Parish of Walton St John’s was created in 2000 and in 2006 a new building was built.
Today St John’s church is strategic about mission and intentional about evangelism. There is much exciting potential for mission in the parish and beyond in partnership with others. We are preparing for pastoral reordering through which the parish will gain responsibility for the nearby mission church of St Peter’s in the rural village of Holymoorside and have entered a missional covenant to share in ministry and mission there to prepare for that. We are also preparing to enter into a second mission covenant with other partner churches to assist with engaging in mission and ministry, and facilitating a new worshipping community, in a neighbouring UPA parish, which will present fresh new challenges.
St John’s and the Mission Covenant churches
St John’s Walton members >230 progressive evangelical/charismatic (a rich diversity of theological views are held within the congregation)
- 10:45 ave 120 attend, ‘Morning Worship’ fairly liturgy-light contemporary worship group and everything on video screen, no robes.
- 9am Ave. 55 attend Traditional/evangelical – HC order one weekly (Robed/organ/books)
- Café Church 6pm monthly
- Healing & Wholeness 7pm Quarterly
- Tuesdays 11:30am weekly - ave. attendance of 45.
- Messy Church – Occasional Saturdays at 4pm
Mission Covenant context 1 (Rural) St Peter’s Holymoorside, 30 members, Mid/traditional evangelical
Mission Covenant Context 2 (Urban Priority Area) St Augustine - <30 members Anglo-Catholic
Team: St John’s team at present includes the Vicar, two SSM associate priests, a Reader, and a House for Duty priest to commence Winter 2019. There is a good relationship providing strong collegial support. Many gifted and enthusiastic lay people are also involved in all non-sacramental aspects of ministry at St John’s, and at St Peter’s. St John’s presently has 8 home groups, all Lay-led.
No resolutions under the Priest (Ordination of Women) Measure been passed.
This training post at St Johns will provide any curate with a diverse spectrum of experiences and opportunities.
The Rev’d Nick Green CA, Vicar of St John’s Walton
[email protected] 01246 555881 mob 07984 083758
CIRENCESTER Three churches One Vision! To Grow the Kingdom of God
The Parish of Cirencester with Watermoor and
St Lawrence Chesterton, Diocese of Gloucester
This is one parish with three worship centres offering a breadth of liturgical experience with a strong team of lay and ordained colleagues working collaboratively.
The Parish is rooted in the Diocesan Life Initiative and is uniquely placed to serve the growing and diverse needs of this expanding market town.
Leadership: is set in the context of a traditional Cotswold market town that is expanding with the development of 2300 new homes in the next ten years.
Imagination: share in the delivery of ministry at the “coalface” working across boundaries and exploring new ways of being church.
Faith: Join us as we step out in faith seeking to discover ways to engage and build faith in this fast growing town.
Engagement: by rolling up your sleeves and getting stuck into parish life, you will have a fabulous opportunity to develop your ministry alongside a collegial team. Opportunities include schools, university, new town development, hospital chaplaincy, street pastors and fresh expressions.
Canon Graham Morris has a long history of training curates, working in the dioceses of Lichfield, Portsmouth and now Gloucester. As a curate under his supervision you can expect total loyalty, encouragement and a collegial style that will encourage you to explore and develop your ministry in the parish and the diocese. John 10:10 is our vision, indeed a curacy in this parish will inspire LIFE in all its fullness.
For further details see here
Revd Ann Sargent, DDO [email protected]
Canon Graham Morris [email protected]
This is an exciting and challenging title post in a beautiful part of Kent, providing the opportunity to gain a wide experience in rural ministry across different traditions, worship centres and schools with an experienced training incumbent.
The training post:
This is a post for a Deacon who expects to be ordained Priest in due course. The post is open to both men and women.
The post offers opportunities for rural ministry and mission with a full range of service styles from BCP through to a weekly, informal Breakthrough Service. Whilst this is a post in single parish, it will give experience in a multiple church setting. The Parish ethos is to encourage and support lay ministry with a strong Ministry Leadership Team of lay people, centred on Jesus Christ. All are encourage to be open about their faith to all around them.
The Curate will be living in the village of Doddington, whilst Steve lives in the village of Teynham 4 miles away.
The parish/benefice context:
The Parish of Kingsdown & Creekside was formed in 2014 through the bringing together of 7 rural parishes into one single Parish, whilst retaining the distinctive nature of each Parish Church, and each village. Teynham is the largest village of 3000 people, half the parish population. The other villages of Lynsted, Kingsdown, Norton, Oare, Luddenham, Newnham, Doddington and Wychling are all of varying sizes with different characteristics, but definitely rural! Between the villages there are a large number of fruit farms growing soft fruit (strawberries, blackcurrants, cherries) as well as apples and pears of many varieties. There are also a few hop gardens in the parish still. There is a need to travel as a minister here.
Across the Parish we have 3 Primary Schools - a Church school in Teynham and County Primary Schools in Lynsted and Luddenham. In Teynham there is a Special School for children with severe behavioural/emotional difficulties, mainly children in care. There is also a recently opened small, private, Secondary School for children with Special educational Needs.
As separate churches we realise that we are interdependent on one another for mission and ministry.
As a whole Parish we have an Electoral Roll of 205, which despite the complete revision of the roll in 2019 shows a small increase on the previous roll.
In the first instance:
Revd Canon Joss Walker (DDO)
Lady Wootton’s Green
Then, in the parish:
Revd Canon Dr Steve Lillicrap
76 Station Road
Ramsgate is a diverse seaside town and St Luke’s Church is committed to serving faithfully in all its contexts. This has led over time to a flourishing multi-generational congregation which would provide a valuable and rooted title post experience. The training incumbent has provided a good vision and steady leadership over the years and is committed to outreach and growth.
The training post:
The training post would provide opportunities in all the basics of parish ministry with the support encouragement and training of the training incumbent. This would include preaching and leading services, taking baptisms, weddings and funerals, visiting and leading small groups and courses.
St. Luke’s has not had a curate for several years, so there is no set pattern or role for the curate to take on. So the roles and ministry that the curate will focus on can be discerned during their time at St. Luke’s.
This is a post for a deacon who expects to be ordained priest in due course. The post is open to both men and women, although there are some members of the congregation who have issues with women in Christian leadership from a Conservative Evangelical perspective.
The parish context:
Despite the beautiful beaches and harbour, Ramsgate is the 4th most deprived coastal town in England. Both St. Luke’s and St. George’s parishes are in the top 10% most deprived parishes in the country.
There is little employment opportunity in the area and certainly not many high paid jobs, although there are an increasing number of people who commute to London or work from home. In the last decade the area has seen the closure of Pfizers a large employer of high skilled workers, the closure of the ferry service from the harbour, the closure of The Royal School for the Deaf and the closure of Kent International Airport. At the same time the area has been hit hard by cuts in local authority provision. Alongside this there are concerns about criminal gangs operating in the area. The only industry to have improved over the last decade is the tourism industry.
St. Luke’s has connections with local schools and welcomes Year 6 pupils from 4 local primary schools to Christmas Unwrapped and Easter Cracked, 90 minute programmes exploring the true Christian meaning of these festivals.
In the first instance:
Revd Canon Joss Walker (DDO)
Lady Wootton’s Green
Then, in the parish:
Revd Paul Worledge
St. Luke’s Vicarage
St. Luke’s Avenue